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Illinois Truck Accident Statistics

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Truck Accidents


A fully-loaded truck at highway speed can exert a tremendous amount of force in the event of an accident. An accident between a large truck and a passenger vehicle can result in severe injuries and even death. If you’re the victim of a truck accident, it can take months or even years to get back on your feet.

If your accident was the result of someone else’s negligence, the truck accident attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. have the experience and knowledge you need. We know how to build your case so that you can get the compensation you need. If you’ve been injured and don’t know where to turn, call us at (312) 236-2900 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help.

2020 Fatal Truck Accident Data

The Illinois Department of Transportation keeps an snapshot of fatal crash statistics that updates frequently. As of August 3, 2020, there were 56 fatal accidents involving semi-trucks in the state of Illinois.

So far, the total number of fatal accidents is down by 22 compared to the same time in 2019. There have been 491 total crashes with 533 fatalities in those crashes. Most of those (193) have taken place on city roads, but a significant number (146) have taken place on State-US routes. Large trucks frequently travel on city roads and State-US routes, so those are particularly dangerous for drivers.

Recent Statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently released its report for crash statistics for 2018. This is the most recent data for truck accident statistics in Illinois. The report indicates that 12,267 truck accidents occurred in that year, accounting for 3.8% of all crashes.

The report reveals some statistics that we find startling:

  • 106 truck accidents resulted in a fatality
  • 2,075 truck accidents involved injuries
  • 405 injuries caused by truck accidents were classified as “incapacitating” injuries

All of these numbers are increases over 2017 statistics.

DOT Report Demonstrates How Dangerous Truck Accidents Can Be

When you compare the effects on the other vehicles involved in a truck accident, a sobering picture is revealed:

  • 19 truck occupants were killed vs. 86 occupants in other vehicles
  • 544 truck occupants were injured vs. 2,338 occupants in other vehicles
  • 120 truck occupants suffered incapacitating injuries vs. 416 occupants in other vehicles

Truck accidents obviously present a much larger risk to other drivers on the road than they do to the occupants of the trucks that often cause the accidents. Alarmingly, the NHTSA reports that there was a slight increase in fatal truck accidents.

Where Truck Accidents Occur

The DOT report divides truck accidents into two categories – rural and urban.

Urban accidents resulted in the following:

  • 43 fatalities
  • 990 injuries
  • 152 incapacitating injuries

Meanwhile, rural truck accidents resulted in the following totals:

  • 63 fatalities
  • 1,085 Injuries
  • 253 incapacitating injuries

Call an Illinois Truck Accident Attorney

Truck injuries can result in serious, life-altering injuries and even death. In addition, you will have to pursue your claim against the trucking company – a corporate entity that is designed to shield owners from liability. They will also be represented by counsel and are unlikely to admit that the accident was their fault or their driver’s fault. That’s why you need someone on your side who will fight for your rights. The truck accident lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us at (312) 236-2900 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.

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